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The riwaq at Topkapi Palace: “There are Turkish influences in our work,” Özdemir admits, “but we never think about specifically using this Ottoman or that Byzantine shape in our designs.” For example, in their interior for local airline caterer Do&Co, the pair drew upon the vaulted arcade, or riwaq, at the 15th-century Topkapi Palace, which served as the primary residence of Ottoman sultans for 400 years.